Nature grows in Sydney and Melbourne: Recent new hires reflect growth and investment in the future

Leading strategic insights consultancy Nature today announced the recruitment of a series of new professional staff across its Melbourne and Sydney offices.

The addition of the new staff in recent months follows strong growth in both offices during 2020-21 and is part of Nature’s ongoing investment in its people and capabilities.

Nature Managing Partner, Chris Crook, said: “The growth we have seen over the past year or so has been driven by our great people and our great clients. People are our #1 asset, so to be able to add these new, talented people has been fantastic.

“What really makes Nature different is that our clients and people experience us as a very small boutique, yet we consistently perform at scale. Being a ‘boutique with bandwidth’ involves a relentless investment of time and energy in our people and culture.

“We make a point of staying true to the values that built our business and our reputation. That has enabled us to maintain the start-up mentality that make an agency so much more enjoyable and satisfying to work in,” he said.

In Sydney, three new hires take our team to seven after two years of operation.

Vicky Illingworth has been hired as Associate Director to lead some large existing and recently won accounts. She joins from FiftyFive5 and brings experience across finance, NGOs, FMCG and pharmaceuticals.

Jonny Wall also joins from Fiftyfive5 as a Senior Consultant having previously worked at Ipsos and Added Value in the UK and Research Partnership in Singapore.

Luke Crellin has been hired as a Consultant with brand tracking and creative evaluation experience from Kantar across a range of categories.

Nature Partner and Sydney Managing Director, James Jayesuria, said: “It’s great to have these new team members on board and all three have hit the ground running, delivering meaningful impact for both our existing and new clients.”

In Melbourne, ‘Manda Le has joined as Associate Director from Asahi Lifestyle Beverages’ insights team and brings 15 years’ experience in the retail and FMCG sectors. With strong client-side experience, ‘Manda will bolster Nature’s already strong FMCG sector expertise.

Also in Melbourne, Darren Charles has joined as Senior Analyst in the Analytics Team, after several years as a client manager in Kantar’s analytics practice. Charles brings deep expertise in data visualisation and machine learning and will work closely with Senior Partner Peter Stuchbery and Senior Associate Director Scott Watson to enhance the Nature method of integrating insights into client organisations.

Alex Fulton has also joined Nature in Melbourne as Senior Consultant, from T-Garage.

After a year living abroad, Alex Coningham re-joins Nature to bolster Nature’s New Zealand presence alongside Ingrid Schluter in Wellington.

To further deepen Nature’s operational capabilities, Nick Harwood has joined as Project Manager role in Melbourne following five years in research operations at Forethought. He will work closely with Director Sharon Spargo to drive operational improvements across the business and provide support for our growing team of consultants.

Finally, Georgia Gale has moved from a part-time Graduate role in the Melbourne office to a full-time Consultant role.

Nature Partner and Melbourne Managing Director, Justin Connally, said: “It’s great that we have been able to further strengthen the team in Melbourne through these new people. The diversity of these hires in terms of skill set and experience really rounds out the team in Melbourne.”